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[5/31/2013] Hideki Okajima, Junichi Tazawa, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui

by on May.31, 2013 @ 4:34 pm, under MLB

From May 30:

Hitters

Player Tm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL DNP                    
Munenori Kawasaki TOR DNP                    
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK DNP                    
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX DNP                    
Ichiro Suzuki NYY NYM 3 @ NYY 1 PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 Ichiro entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Austin Romine in the bottom of the 8th and popped out to the catcher in foul territory. He did not remain in the game on defense in the 9th.
Kensuke Tanaka SF FRE 10 @ TUC 2 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0   .310 Batted lead-off. G4, F7, F8, 2B8, G4. Committed two errors (12): fielding error in the bottom of the 3rd, throwing error in the bottom of the 7th.

Pitchers

Player Tm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX DNP                     Next start: June 2 vs Royals.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC DNP                     Was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA DNP                     Next start: May 31 vs Twins.
Hiroki Kuroda NYY DNP                     Next start: June 2 vs Red Sox.
Daisuke Matsuzaka CLE DNP                      
Toru Murata CLE DNP                      
Hideki Okajima OAK OAK 2 @ SFN 5 6-3 2 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.38 Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with runners on first and second, two out, and Oakland down 2-1. Allowed both inherited runners to score on a double before getting out of the inning. (WP 1).
Hisanori Takahashi CHC IOW 1 @ NAS 6 5-4 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.52 Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with a runner on first, two out, and Iowa down 6-0.
Yoshinori Tateyama TEX DNP                      
Junichi Tazawa BOS BOS 9 @ PHI 2 16-15 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.70 Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston up 6-2.
Koji Uehara BOS DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL DNP                      

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July 28 will be Hideki Matsui Day at Yankee Stadium. From press release:

Matsui will sign a one-day minor league contract with the Yankees on July 28 in order to announce his official retirement that day as a New York Yankee. His parents are also expected to be in attendance at the game.

Additionally, on July 28, the Yankees will hold a special pregame homeplate ceremony for Matsui, and the first 18,000 Guests at the game will receive a Hideki Matsui bobblehead presented by AT&T - which portrays the slugger with his 2009 World Series MVP trophy.

[official announcement 5/30/2013]

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Eri Yoshida left for Hawaii out of Haneda Airport on Thursday.  She reportedly signed a deal with the Na Koa Ikaika Maui.   [Sponichi 5/31/2013]

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Olympics Notes

  • Wrestling, Baseball/Softball and Squash made the shortlist for the 2020 Olympics.
  • Current proposal includes separate men's baseball and women's softball tournaments.  Tournaments will last six days and take place back-to-back.  Eight teams will participate in each tournament.  Changes to make the sport more appealing include shortening games to seven innings (better for TV) and playing both tournaments in the same stadium (decrease in costs).
  • Senichi Hoshino feels baseball should do whatever is necessary to make it back into the Olympics.  That includes the new proposal of seven innings games, as well as more radical changes like two outs an inning or three balls for a walk (the idea is that the Majors will be more likely to support the Olympic movement if players are put through less strain).  The biggest thing is to get the sport back into the Olympics.  [Daily Sports 5/31/2013]
  • It should be noted that Bud Selig re-stated that MLB would not pause the schedule to allow players to participate in the Olympics.  [USA Today 5/29/2013]
  • The Baseball Federation of Japan and the Japan Softball Association would like to bring Hideki Matsui on board to help with lobbying efforts.  [Daily Sports 5/31/2013]